What happens when fascia becomes restricted?
What is fascia?
Because of fascia's continuous nature, restrictions in one area of the body (caused by trauma, poor posture, surgery or inflammation) can result in pressure and symptoms in other areas of the body. These symptoms can include pain, loss of strength and range of motion, numbness and tingling, compromised blood flow, and loss of mobility and function. Fascial restrictions are often undiagnosed because they cannot be detected by traditional tests such as x-rays and MRI's.
Who can benefit from Myofascial Release?
Fascia is a web-like connective tissue found throughout the body. It covers the muscles (and individual muscle fibers) , nerves, blood vessels, spinal cord, and organs and connects and supports all of these structures.
During a Myofascial release treatment session, a variety of direct and indirect techniques will be used throughout the body, performed directly on the skin without lotions or oils, utilizing sustained pressure. You may feel sensations such as stretching, warmth or tingling in other areas of the body which may indicate restrictions in these areas which should also be addressed.
Myofascial Unwinding may also be utilized. This gentle technique involves the therapist guiding your body into positions which allow the release of fascial restrictions and promotes self-healing.
What is Myofascial Release?
Everyone can benefit from Myofascial Release.
Myofascial Release can be incorporated into a regular physical therapy treatment plan for specific issues including areas of acute or chronic pain, poor posture, limited range of motion, painful or restricted scars, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Myofascial Release can also be used as a preventative tool to address restrictions before symptoms occur. Restrictions in fascia can lead to small or large range of motion losses. Over time, even small losses that may go unnoticed result in your body's development of compensatory postures and movement patterns. These unnatural forces can add stress to muscles, tendons, and joints and eventually lead to injury.
Myofascial Release consists of manual ("hands-on") techniques which address fascial restrictions throughout the body. Myofascial Release is a natural method to decrease pain and tension, increase mobility, and improve posture. Because Myofascial Release is a whole body approach, it can provide more lasting results and relieve symptoms that have not previously responded to direct treatment.
What does a Myofascial Release treatment consist of?